The Pittsburgh Penguins will have six selections in the 2013 NHL Draft, which will be held on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The 2013 NHL Draft will begin at 3 p.m. and will be carried live in the United States on NBC Sports Network from 3-8 p.m. NHL Network will provide continuing coverage from 8 p.m. through the draft’s conclusion.
Pittsburgh will not make a selection until the third round when it holds a pair of picks – 77th and 89th overall. The 89th pick is the team’s original, while the 77th pick was acquired from the Dallas Stars this past March in the trade that also brought Brenden Morrow to the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Joe Morrow and Pittsburgh’s 2013 fifth-round pick (149th overall).
Along with their two third-round picks, the Penguins have single picks in the fourth round (119th overall) and seventh round (209th overall), and two picks in the sixth round (164th, 179th).
Pittsburgh acquired the 164th pick from the Winnipeg Jets earlier this season in exchange for Eric Tangradi.
The Penguins do not have choices in the first and second rounds after dealing both selections at the trading deadline. Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (28th overall) was sent to the Calgary Flames in the Jarome Iginla deal, and its second-round pick (58th overall) was traded to the San Jose Sharks for Douglas Murray.
Pittsburgh has had plenty of success recently with its third-round picks, as eight of the team’s 10 selections in that round from 2002-10 – including current Penguins players Kris Letang (2005, 62nd overall) and Robert Bortuzzo (2007, 78th overall) – have played in the NHL.
Other third-round picks to see NHL action during that span include Eric Christensen (2002, 69th overall), Jonathan Filewich (2003, 70th overall), Daniel Carcillo (2003, 73rd overall), Nick Johnson (2004, 67th overall), Brian Strait (2006, 65th overall) and Ben Hanowski (2009, 63rd overall).
Notable NHL stars that were taken in the third round were Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (2005; 72nd overall), Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (2006; 71st overall), Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler (2004; 91st overall) and New Jersey forward Adam Henrique (2008, 82nd overall).